ARCC Gap | Pacific Islands: Fiji, Sumatra & Bali

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Overview

Journey to the far reaches of the Pacific Ocean where we immerse ourselves in the island lifestyles of Sumatra, Bali and Fiji. 

Trekking deep into the Sumatran rainforest we search for the critically endangered orangutan. Assisting in restoring age-old Bataknese Houses in a rural Sumatran village we learn about traditional ways of living. Shadowing in a Balinese cashew factory we witness how an impoverished village partnered with this social enterprise to great success. Learning to surf the waves of Bali’s Bukit Peninsula we challenge ourselves to develop new skills. Settling into a Fijian bure for our homestays we are welcomed by the village chief. We gain insight into primary education through facilitating English lessons to eager Fijian children and we explore health care by visiting nursing stations on some of Fiji’s remote islands. We round out our program by gaining our SCUBA certifications in Fiji’s turquoise waters. Reflecting on the experiences had and the friendships forged we conclude our semester excited to share all that we’ve learned and experienced!

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